BALDWIN AND DARDEN. A discussion on the plight of Black Americans by James Baldwin with R.H. Darden, introduced by comedian Dick Van Dyke. BROADCAST: KPFK, 1 Apr. 1968.(60 min.) BB4514 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: baldwin, darden, dyke, pacifica, kpfk, racism
Program dedicated to political songwriter and performer Phil Ochs (1940-1976) that includes a May 1973 Studs Terkel interview with Ochs and close friend Bob Gibson, and Ed Pearl interviewing Ochs' brother and manager Michael. Studs Terkel interview includes Ochs and Gibson singing songs from and discussing Ochs' life and musical career. Michael Ochs talks to Ed Pearl about Phil and plays songs from Chords of Fame, a best-of compilation Michael produced months after Phil's death. Broadcast on... ( 1 reviews ) Source: KPFK
TO HAVE DONE WITH THE JUDGEMENT OF GOD, written and read by Antonin Artraud. Artraud reads from his play, in French. BROADCAST: KPFA, 15 Oct. 1968. In French.(41 min.) BB2075 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: artraud, antonin, pacifica
James Baldwin discusses living and growing in a white world in a talk to students at a predominently Black high school in Oakland, California. RECORDED by KQED at Castlemont High School, Oakland. BROADCAST: KPFA, 23 June 1963. Topics: Baldwin, Pacifica, KPFA, Castlemont
Don Sortor reads chapters 1 and 3 of Grendel, John Gardner's 1971 re-telling of Beowulf from the monster's point of view. (New York, NY: Alfred A. Knopf, Inc., 1971). Chapter 1 begins at start of tape. Chapter 3 begins at 00:16:12. This recording does not have Erik Bauersfeld intro. Source: KPFA
A NIGHT IN CHICAGO / reported by Dale Minor, Phil Watson and Bob Fass. Produced by Elsa Knight Thompson. Documentary report on the demonstrations at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago. Includes ctuality of Bobby Seale, Black Panther Party co-founder outside the Convention Center at a Black Panther rally; Dick Gregory at President Lyndon Johnson's "birthday" party; and reports from Allen Ginsberg and Studs Terkel about police brutality at a religious prayer vigil.... Topics: chicago, panther, johnson, ginsberg, terkel, seale, pacifica, thompson, gregory
"Radio documentary about the New York Police Department Public Morals Section"" raid upon the Stonewall Inn on June 27 1969. Patrons of The Stonewall Inn, a popular gay bar, fought the police officers, thus starting a riot. This program uses views of the participants, examines the gay life both before and after the event, and its impact upon gay politics and history in the United States. Participants include: Deputy Inspector Seymour Pine; Sylvia Rivera"
DON JUAN THE SORCERER - Carlos Castaneda interviewed by Theodore Roszak. Author of "The Teachings of Don Juan" discusses his experiences with hallucinogenic substances used under the guidance of his Yaqui Indian teacher, don Juan Matus. BROADCAST: KPFA, 30 Jan. 1969.(37 min.) BB2038 Pacifica Radio Archives. ( 2 reviews ) Topics: castaneda, hallucinogen, mushrooms, peyote, roszak, matus, pacifica
"The funeral service of Jonathan Peter Jackson (1953-1970) and William Arthur Christmas (1943-1970), who were killed in the course of an armed action which they staged during a politically charged trial of prison inmates at the Marin County, California, Hall of Justice, on August 7, 1970. Contents include Master of Ceremonies at the funeral, Father Earl Neil and a eulogy by Huey P. Newton, Black Panther Party co-founder and officer. Services were recorded at St. Augustine's Church,... Topics: BLACK PANTHERS, FUNERALS, JACKSON, JONATHAN, CHRISTMAS, WILLIAM, SAN QUENTIN, SOLEDAD BROTHERS,...
"This tape features man-on-the-street reactions to the verdict of the Dan White trial that culminated in the White Night riot of May 21, 1979. Over 10,000 people came out to San Francisco's Civic Center to protest the decision of the courts to convict the former supervisor on two counts of voluntary manslaughter, for which he would receive less than five years of jail time. The reactions of those interviewed range from mournful to livid, with some calling for the total destruction of City...
Humorist discusses his transition from straight comedian to a social satirist. He talks about how Lenny Bruce and Mort Sahl helped him get started, where he is headed now, and his recent firings from nightclubs for his use of political material and "objectionable" language. Recorded at the Playboy Club, San Francisco, on December 29, 1970. Topics: George Carlin, Pacifica, Comedy
Dramatic readings from the first installment of the "Gormenghast" trilogy by British science fiction author Mervyn Peake (1911-1968), adapted for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre by kind permission of the U.S. publisher Weybright and Talley. The novels concern the enclosed, created world of the great castle of Gormenghast and its inhabitants, ruled by ritual and torn by madness: Sepulchrave, 76th Earl of Groan (Albert Norton) prone to melancholia and obsessed with the death owls of the Tower... Topics: Peake, Mervyn Laurence, 1911-1968, Radio adaptations
Program dedicated to political songwriter and performer Phil Ochs (1940-1976) that includes a May 1973 Studs Terkel interview with Ochs and close friend Bob Gibson, and Ed Pearl interviewing Ochs' brother and manager Michael. Studs Terkel interview includes Ochs and Gibson singing songs from and discussing Ochs' life and musical career. Michael Ochs talks to Ed Pearl about Phil and plays songs from Chords of Fame, a best-of compilation Michael produced months after Phil's death. Broadcast on... Source: KPFK
Actuality of Chinese-American cinematographer James Wong Howe talking about his career in Hollywood and taking questions from the audience at the 1974 San Francisco Film Festival following a screening of Funny Lady. Howe tells the audience anecdotes including how he became a camera man, his famous photograph of Mary Miles Minter in which her blue eyes were dark for the first time using orthochromatic film, how he filmed a scene in which a bird lands on Spencer Tracy's hand in The Old Man and... Source: KPFA
Robert F. Kennedy at San Fernando Valley State College, introduced by Jesse Unruh. Speech to students on campus during his Presidential campaign, shortly before his assassination in Downtown Los Angeles. - RECORDED: by KEDC, Van Nuys, California. BROADCAST: KPFK, 25 Mar. 1968. (50 min.) BB4629. Topics: kennedy, valley, college, pacifica, president, campaign, assassination
Description: KPFA's Bob Sitton interviews Dr. Reidar Wennesland, one of the foremost patrons and collectors of art by Beat-era artists, and artist Arthur Monroe. The Norwegian-born Wennesland, whose medical practice was based in the North Beach district of San Francisco, often accepted paintings in lieu of money for his services. He collected works by Monroe, Jay DeFeo, Jess and George Herms, among many others, at a time when few other collectors did. In the recording, Wennesland discusses his... Topics: californialightandsound, Art--San Francisco (Calif.), Painters, Wennesland, Reidar, Monroe, Arthur Source: 1 Tape of 1 : 1/4 inch audio tape
The Battle for Hue / reported by Dale Minor. News reports on the fighting in and around Hue during the Tet offensive. Recorded in Da Nang, South Vietnam, 22 Feb. 1968. Pacifica Radio Archive, 1968. BB1327 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: tet, vietnam, pacifica, minor, hue, da nang, war
KPFK's Barbara Cady and Los Angeles Free Press reporter Helen Koblin interview Jill Johnston, Village Voice columnist and author of Lesbian Nation. Johnston explains her views of lesbianism as the only true radical feminist position. She discusses the purported link between lesbianism and madness, her relationship with her children, and whether the lesbian feminist struggle is equivalent to the oppression of Third World peoples. Source: KPFK
A) An interview with George Carlin. Produced by Larry Bendky for "The Living Room" in 1997. B) Richard Pryor on Attica. A Compilation of Pryor's poetry and comments made during the Attica prison rebellion. Produced by Alan Farley in 1972. 78 minutes. Topics: Richard Pryor, George Carlin, comedians, progressive comedians, Alan Farley, Larry Bensky, The...
The Assassination of Senator Robert F. Kennedy. Recorded at the Ambassador Hotel, Los Angeles, California, 4 June 1968. Actuality of day of the assassination at Kennedy's campaign headquarters: Jesse Unruh's speech, Kennedy's speech, the shooting, eyewitness accounts. 56minutes. BB4511 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: assassination, president, kennedy, senator, pacifica
James "Jimmy" Seals, guitar and violin, and Darrell "Dash" Crofts, electric mandolin and electric piano, perform down-home songs, ballads and some country fiddle tunes at WBAI's Free Music Store on November 14, 1971. Bobby Lichtig accompanies them on bass. Songs include Freaks fret, Irish linen, Earth, Eighth of January, Devil's dream, a Tuvan singing demonstration of Bonaparte's retreat, Tin town, Birthday of my thoughts, Cotton mouth, Ridin' thumb, Wisdom, Springfield... ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Seals & Crofts, Folk-rock music, Seals, James, 1941-, Crofts, Dash
Taylor Mead and Tom Hompertz interviewed by Claire Clouzot, 1968. Cast members discuss Andy Warhol's film Lonesome Cowboys. Also present were Bruce Haines from Warhol's Bike-boy and poet Lee Meyerzov. (36 min.) BB5201 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: warhol, clouzot, meyerzove, mckittrich, haines, film, pacifica, mead, hompertz
On the Kennedy assassination; interview by William O'Connell. Recorded: 29 Dec. 1967. Description: Josiah Thompson is interviewed about his book "Six Seconds in Dallas about the President Kennedy Assassination".(58 min.) BB4627 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: kennedy, assassination, dallas, pacifica, coverup
SUN RA / interviewed by Dennis Irving. - Poet, mythical scientist, musician, and leader of Solar Arkestra discusses his mystical view of the world and humanity. He begins by defining his style of music within the concept of infinity, his role as a musical "coordinator," and the importance of music for all people. Blacks have been cast as "evil" in the Western world, which has lead to a decline in African American self value. Music, he suggests, can counter this history. Sun... Topics: sun ra, irving, african, jazz, pacifica
The Film since World War Two - Pauline Kael 1968. Recorded: at University of California, Berkeley, 26 Apr. 1968. Description: Film critic discusses the history of filmmaking. Reels: 1 of 2 Length: 64:42 Total: 117:00 BB2116a Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: kael, film, berkeley, pacifica
French-Cuban Author Anais Nin (1903-1977) reads excerpts from her memoirs "The Diary of Anais Nin" which she began writing at the age of 11and continued to write until her death. She is also the author of "Cities of the Interior" and is aslo well known for her erotica literature. Source: KPFA
THE DELANO GRAPE STRIKE: Cesar Chavez introduced by Hank Anderson. Cesar Chavez, President of the National Farm Workers Association, spoke in Berkeley under the auspices of of Citizens for Farm Labor, on January 5, about the progress of the Delano Grape Strike and the history of the National Farm Workers Association. He is introduced by Henry Anderson, Chairman of Citizens for Farm Labor. - RECORDED in Berkeley. BROADCAST: KPFA, 15 January 1966. (29 min.) BB2358 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: delano, chavez, labor, farm, grape, strike, pacifica
Jane Fonda of the Indochina Peace Campaign talks with Paul McIsaac about Haskell Wexler's Introduction to the Enemy, a film she co-produced with Tom Hayden about North Vietnam. Fonda discusses why she set out to make the film and the film's "gentle" approach to the issues it portrays. Fonda talks about the ramifications of the implementation of the Paris Peace Accords for both North and South Vietnam. They discuss Fonda and Hayden's easy passage between North and South Vietnam and... Source: WBAI
The Word Players salute spring with a performance of flower poems by various authors. The collection of poems is a Victorian analysis of flowers, taken from the 1963 reissue of the book The Illustrated Language of Flowers, originally compiled by Mrs. Anna Christian Burke in 1856. The poems relate to the conception that people have of flowers, and what flowers mean to people. Produced for WBAI's Mind's Eye Theatre. The Word Players are David Haight, Sandra Ley, Sherry Pockell, Ann Rivers, Judith... Topics: Radio plays, Poetry, Victoriana
Seymour Cassell discusses John Cassavetes and his film "Faces" with Claire Clouzot. 1968. BB5151 Pacifica Radio Archives. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: film, cassavetes, clouzot, pacifica, rowlands, faces, independent, director
KPFA produced this biographical sketch of Huey P. Newton, co-founder of the Black Panther Party, compiled from audio clips from the Pacifica Radio Archives. Newton was murdered in West Oakland on August 22, 1989. The tape is introduced by Ginny Z. Berson. Clips include Newton's press conference at attorney Charles Garry's San Francisco office following his release on $50,000 bond; Newton speaking on June 2, 1970 from prison in San Luis Obispo, four days after the California State Court of... Topics: Berson, Ginny Z., Huey P. Newton funeral / introduced by Ginny Z. Berson., Newton, Huey P., NEWTON,...
On the comedian's battle for free speech on stage. Lenny Bruce, forefather of the socially conscious comic speaks before a live audience about drugs, the police and his arrests. Bruce speaks openly about his own addictions, being arrested by the LAPD and the violation of his civil rights. 1963. 28 minutes. Topics: Lenny Bruce, Pacifica, Comedy
The second half of WBAI's Free Music Store concert from December 17, 1971 devoted to guitars (the first half featured classical guitarist Bill Matthews - see BC0709.16). This half features jazz guitarist Jim Hall performing with Benny Aronov, piano, and Ron Carter, bass. Among the pieces played are Where would I be?, Careful, and Little waltz. Produced and recorded in stereo by WBAI's Music Department. This recording was formerly cataloged as BC0709.19. Topics: Jazz music, Jim Hall trio
Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers perform at the Village Gate with Art Blakey (1919-1990) on drums, Walter Davis, Jr. on piano, Dennis Irwin on bass, David Schnitter on tenor sax, Bobby Watson on Alto Sax, and Valery Ponomarev on trumpet. The group performs Walter Davis, Jr.'s "Jodi," David Schnitter's "Mishima," and two other songs. Source: WBAI
Description: Kevin Burke from People's Theatre at KPFA interviews Martin Worman and Scrumbly Koldewyn from the Cockettes, the early '70s San Francisco-based drag and theater troupe. Worman and Koldewyn discuss the history of the Cockettes, including their forming under the direction of Hibiscus and their first big show in June 1970 at Hollywood Babylon. They discuss the tensions within the group regarding their performance style and direction. Koldewyn discusses the group's... Topics: californialightandsound, californiapreservationservice, Blacks--Political activity,... Source: 1 Tape of 1: 1/4 inch audio tape
Barbara Gittings and Charles Pitts talk with two young lesbians, Donna and Kathy. They talk about how young lesbians can enter the lesbian social world, the link between physical and emotional attraction between women, what high school is like for young lesbians, and the lack of lesbian establishments in NYC. Gittings gives out contact info for homophile organizations at the end of the program. News and reviews edited out of program. Source: WBAI
Carlos Hagen produced this special tribute to French singer Edith Piaf, originally offered during the October minithon and enthusiastically received. A documentary on the art, style and life of Piaf, abundantly illustrated with some of the best examples of her art, including a number of rare recordings of her songs. The program dramatically traces the arc of Piaf's life, including her early abandonment by her parents on the sidewalks of Paris; her upbringing in a brothel; making a living as a... Source: KPFK
Jane Fonda speaks at the University of California in Berkeley on January 29, 1973. She gives an anti-war speech at a rally for Pat Chenoweth, a soldier facing charges of mutiny in Vietnam. The tape is courtesy of the Chenoweth Defense Committee. She speaks about the Mekong Delta, Nixon's role, and the resilience and strength of the Vietnamese. Fonda reads a few excerpts from one of the chief negotiators of the Provisional Revolutionary Government of South Vietnam in Paris which talks about the... ( 3 reviews ) Source: KPFA
Cathy White, Bernadette Smith, Richard Persky, members of Gay Youth in NYC, discuss their experiences as gay and lesbian youths. Among the topics discussed are the effect of homophobia on LGBT youth; societal expectations of masculinity/femininity and homosexuality; the choice of being gay; relationships between homosexuals and heterosexuals; gay bars; and racism. Ronald Gold moderates. ( 1 reviews ) Topics: Gold, Ronald., Youth -- Attitudes., Teenagers -- Sexuality., Gay teenagers., Gays -- Sexuality.
Bob Fass in Chicago - August 27, 1968. Discussion of Phil Ochs, Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman and current issues. WBAI RECORDED: (via telephone) August 27, 1968. Experimental radio pieces featuring live interviews with Jerry Rubin, Abbie Hoffman, and Phil Ochs, political singer songwriter. - CONTENT: Live broadcast: pt.1. Phil Ochs and Jerry Rubin -- pt.2. Abbie Hoffman -- pt.3. "Whatzername" -- pt.4. "General Waste More Land" -- pt.5. "L'il Ol' Lady". BROADCAST: 27... Topics: fass, chicago, hoffman, ochs, rubin, 1968, pacifica
The documentary on the Watergate affair, part three, covers the fall of 1973. The two hour chronology of highlights of phase 1 of the Senate Watergate hearings from May 17, 1973 to August 7, 1973. The program also includes Watergate news that took place outside of the hearing room. It is a comprehensive look at the way Watergate unfolded through radio and television in almost every household in not only America, but other countries as well. Source: KPFK
The second of two symposia sponsored by the Esalen Institute on the value of psychotic experience, entitled "The Poetry of Madness", recorded July 31, 1968 at the Longshoremen's Memorial Hall in San Francisco. Panelists are John Perry, a San Francisco-based psychiatrist; Claudio Naranjo, a psychiatrist from Chile; Allen Ginsberg, poet; and Alan Watts, philosopher and writer; discussion is moderated by Julian Silverman, general manager of the Esalen Institute. Perry discusses Plato's... Source: WBAI
Author Alice B. Toklas reads from her autobiography; includes her "Recipe for Hashish Fudge". Recorded: from a Campus recording. 1963 BB1178 Pacifica ( 1 reviews ) Topics: toklas, hashish, pacifica, stein, fudge, pot
The Hopi speak - my country 'tis of thy people you're dying, produced by Mona Spangler and Mitchell Harding. Recorded: June 1968. Documentary examining the difficulties facing Native Americans. Includes interviews with Hopi spiritual leaders. (63 min.) BB4596 Pacifica Radio Archives. Topics: hopi, spiritual, spangler, harding, native, pacifica
Aircheck of the Firesign Theater program "Dear Friends: Let's Eat." Firesign Theater is an American comedy group which consists of Phil Austin (Nick Danger), Philip Proctor, Peter Bergman, and David Ossman. Source: KPFK
Tim Butz, co-editor of "Counterspy" magazine, talks about the FBI's COINTELPRO counter-intelligence program, the CIA's operation CHAOS, and domestic spying in the United States. Broadcast on KPFK May 30, 1975(?). Source: KPFK
Bob Alexander interviews the Ramones at WBAI. The band discusses their recent tour and take listener phone calls. One caller asks "What does 'Gabba Gabba Hey' mean?" and "Why do all of your songs have the same beat?" Source: WBAI